Atlantic Coast Gem and Mineral Expo at the Howard County Fairgrounds

Sept. 22nd and 23rd

Coming up soon!

July 13 th at 8 pm
Maryland Gold History

Join us for a peak into the history of Maryland Gold Mining! 

MAY 11 th at 8 pm
fINE gOLD rECOVERY 

see several of the top names in action! Gold Hog Multi Sluice, Gold Cube and Martin Prospecting.

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Our mission is to educate, inform and inspire the general public about recreational gold prospecting and mineral collection in our area and around the globe.

Who we are

Our vision is to give prospectors, rockhounds and mineral enthusiasts a place to gather and share their experiences while educating others about the importance of mineral extraction and creating a public awareness of ethical prospecting and collection methods.  

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​The Central Maryland GPAA was established in 2012 as an official chapter of the Gold Prospectors Association of America and is operated by Central Maryland Gold Prospectors, Inc., a non-profit, 501(c)(3) corporation.

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What we do

The Central Maryland GPAA is dedicated to providing environmental education in the area of recreational gold prospecting and mineral collection by providing hands on activities, educational outings and exploratory hikes for the general public, youth groups and other organizations. 

Free Gold friday!!!

Everyone attending a monthly meeting has the opportunity of leaving with a nice picker!

Did you know there is GOLD and other minerals in the creeks of Maryland?

Come out to one of our local events, a group dig, an overnight outing or attend a meeting and join the Central Maryland Chapter of the Gold Prospectors Association of America as we explore Maryland's little known gold history and search for the lustrous yellow metal.

Central MD GPAA Officers

Volunteers needed, contact an officer


President               Scott Sprague
Vice President      Chuck Thompson
Secretary              open
Treasurer             Bruce Custer

At the next meeting!

June 8 th at 8 pm
Alaska or Bust!

members share their stories and adventures about prospecting in Alaska.